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Old 11-18-2010, 09:34 PM
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Default 97 Ram Squeaking issue

I have a 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 SS/T model with a 5.9L V8 360 cubic inch motor. It started when I had a thermostat go on my truck. I change the thermostat and saw the housing around the thermostat was leaking so I got a new housing for it. Then the squeaking came in and had the tensioner replaced. Squeaking came back and discovered there was a bad hermonic balancer that was vibrating really bad. Got that changed. The squeaking came back about a couple of days later and cant figure it out. I was bringing it to my schools auto shop (Where i was working on the truck) and my teacher noticed that the belt was wobbling back and forth on the fan pulley and thinks the power steering pulley was causing it.
This problem is driving me nuts!
Anyone know why it would still be squeaking still or will it work its-self out?

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Old 11-20-2010, 12:23 PM
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Hi, I would figure that the auto shop teacher should know the answer to your squeake-ness. However, while being aware of moving parts and wearing PPE like safety glasses, you can listen closely & pipoint the noise.You can also run the engine for a short time with the belt off to diagnose. Also, on my friends Ram, the belt was chirping on & off. We tried belt dressing. It worked so/so. What he suggested really did work though. With the engine off, we rubbed a bar of soap on the inside of the belt & the noise disappeared.
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